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  • Denmark reverses course on refugee ‘child brides’ (sick)

    09/28/2016 10:37:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 28 Sep 2016 10:23 GMT+02:00
    Denmark’s decision to separate married couples in refugee centers if one party is below the age of 18 has been reversed after the government concluded it was in violation of international conventions.Metroxpress reported on Wednesday that the Danish Immigration Service will now reunite several married couples who have been living separately since February. “In some of these cases it has been it has been assessed that it would not be compatible with Denmark’s international obligations to maintain the separate living quarters, thus these couples have been offered to be housed together,” DIS wrote in an official response to a parliamentary...
  • Bienvenue en France: France cuts red tape for UK firms

    09/28/2016 10:20:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 28 Sep 2016 14:21 GMT+02:00
    French authorities said on Wednesday they would fast-track the process for British-based financial firms to decamp to France after Britain quits the European Union. The move by France’s banking and insurance regulators aims to enable companies currently located in Britain to go on operating freely across the European single market. […] As an EU member, British-based firms have so-called passporting rights, which allow them to do business across the 28-nation EU and the 31-strong European Economic Area, which includes Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. But Britain’s departure from the bloc could strip companies of those rights, which are expected to be...
  • EU presses ahead with military plans, UK opposes any EU army

    09/27/2016 7:05:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2016 9:45 AM EDT | Lorne Cook
    European Union nations pressed ahead Tuesday with plans to boost military cooperation as Britain vowed to oppose the creation of an EU army or headquarters. With Britain leaving the EU, France and Germany have been spearheading moves to boost Europe’s capacity to run its own security operations. […] “We are in a very strong Franco-German relationship and we think we will be able to make significant progress before the end of the year,” he said, standing alongside German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Von der Leyen insisted that “it’s not about a European army.” …
  • Europe pushes to further curb aviation emissions

    09/26/2016 11:22:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Sep 27, 2016 0:50 | Jorge Valero
    Member states will conduct a last-ditch offensive on a proposal to limit CO2 gases emitted by aircraft during the International Civil Aviation Organization conference in Montreal opening on Tuesday (27 September). The 191 members of the UN body responsible for air transport are expected to adopt a global market-based mechanism to achieve carbon-neutral growth for the aviation sector from 2020 onwards. The number of passengers flying each year is expected to double by 2035, surpassing 6.5 billion travelers. …
  • EU leaders to consider how to improve Russia ties without dropping sanctions

    09/26/2016 11:14:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 26, 2016 | 11:09am EDT | Gabriela Baczynska
    European Union leaders will explore next month the possibility of improving strained ties with Russia in response to growing irritation among some member states over economic sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis. But the sanctions appear likely to remain in place for now, especially those slapped over Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula seized by Russia in March 2014, despite the legal and political challenges of maintaining them. A series of Reuters investigations recently showed how European companies including German retailer Metro and France’s Auchan were doing business in Crimea despite the punitive sanctions regime there....
  • EU open to removing FARC from terrorist blacklist

    09/26/2016 10:28:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Sep 26, 2016 | By euroefe.es (EurActiv Spain) | Translated By Samuel Morgan
    The European Union could remove Colombian guerilla movement FARC from its list of known terrorists, pending the signing of the peace agreement between the group and the country’s government. EurActiv Spain reports.Ahead of a formalization of the deal between FARC and the Colombian government, the EU indicated that it could soon remove the group from its terrorist blacklist. “FARC currently sits on the list of terrorist organizations in Colombia,” confirmed European Commission spokesperson Maja Kocijancic today (26 September), adding that the EU “has strongly supported the Colombia peace deal”. […] The European Court of Justice last week recommended that Hamas...
  • Italy's migrant centers are running out of money

    09/26/2016 10:02:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 26 Sep 2016 11:34 GMT+02:00 | Catherine Edwards
    The accommodation centers which house migrants across Italy are running out of money and if the funds don’t turn up by the end of the month, they may be unable to continue. The centers are run by charitable organizations and NGOs, which provide accommodation, food and health care to those living there. But the Italian Treasury owes them €600 million, according to Il Corriere, and the organizations have set the government a strict deadline to pay up: this Friday. […] The cost of providing accommodation, food and healthcare for new arrivals cost Italy over €1 billion in 2015. …
  • Danish nationalists hand out cans of 'refugee spray'

    09/26/2016 9:46:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 26 Sep 2016 13:09 GMT+02:00
    The nationalist Danes’ Party elicited strong reactions went it took to the streets of Haderslev to hand out cans of what it called “refugee spray”. The party, which was founded by a former Neo-Nazi and wants to see all non-Western immigrants kicked out of Denmark, put labels on cans of hair spray reading “Refugee Spray: Legal [and] effective”. The party’s chairman, Daniel Carlsen, said the spray is a necessary legal alternative to pepper spray, which is illegal in Denmark. He said that Haderslev was the perfect location to hand out the cans, given the reports of local women being harassed...
  • EU Parliament President: 'Trump Is a Problem for the Whole World' (barf)

    09/26/2016 12:29:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 15, 2016 04:58 PM | Markus Becker, Florian Gathmann and Roland Nelles
    On Friday, leaders European Union member states will meet for their next informal meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia — the second one without Britain. Also in attendance will be Martin Schulz, the German president of the European Parliament. Schulz is very concerned about the current state of the EU. […] Schulz also expressed his fears of a possible US President Donald Trump. “Then you will have an obviously irresponsible man sitting in a position that requires the utmost sense of responsibility,” he says. “Trump is not just a problem for the EU, but for the whole world.” […] … “When a...
  • New poll shows Alternative for Germany gaining support

    09/22/2016 10:25:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.23.2016 | Brandon Conradis
    The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) has garnered some of its best numbers yet in a nationwide poll. Meanwhile, the CDU and SPD have lost support. The AfD is pulling ahead of the Greens, the Left party and the Free Democratic Party (FDP), putting it on track to become the third-largest party in the country, according to a new poll released by German public broadcaster ARD. The poll shows the AfD’s support at 16 percent, its best showing yet. Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) came in at 32 percent and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) at 22 percent. …
  • French mayor demands terror suspects be ejected from town

    09/22/2016 8:29:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 22 Sep 2016 16:57 GMT+02:00
    As France struggles to deal with the potential threat posed by thousands of radicalized individuals, one furious French mayor in Normandy has decided it’s time to throw them all out of town. Guy Lefranc, mayor of Evreux in Normandy, has come up with a radical suggestion for what to do with all the radicalized individuals who may pose a threat to the town’s residents. Lefranc has demanded all those on France’s “Fiche S” list, meaning they have been flagged up as a potential danger to the national security, simply be expelled. …
  • Meet Denmark's new anti-immigration party

    09/22/2016 8:15:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 22 Sep 2016 13:34 GMT+02:00
    A new political party that promises a stricter immigration policy than the Danish People’s Party combined with a libertarian economic outlook will be on the ballot the next time Denmark holds an election. The party Nye Borgerlige, which roughly translates to ‘The New Right’ (a spokesperson told The Local that it did not have an official English name), has surpassed the 20,000 signatures needed to qualify for the next election. The party’s core issues are tougher immigration rules, lower taxes and a withdrawal from the European Union and international conventions. […] Nye Borgerlige also says Denmark should be able to...
  • Ericsson to end manufacturing in Sweden?

    09/21/2016 11:20:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 22 Sep 2016 07:56 GMT+02:00 | (TT/The Local)
    Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson is planning to end all of its manufacturing in the country, according to a report in newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD). Part of a savings plan detailed on an internal document which SvD gained access to, the decision would mean that 3,000 employees lose their jobs following the closure of Ericsson’s last manufacturing plants in Sweden, in Borĺs and Kumla. In the document, Ericsson’s leadership are said to have stated that “We will end a 140-year-old manufacturing period, which represents the biggest cuts of employees in Sweden ever”. The company employs a total of around 15,000 people...
  • Airbus says US grants license for planes in Iran deal

    09/21/2016 7:11:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 21, 2016 9:45 AM EDT
    Airbus says the U.S. government has granted it a license allowing it to sell the first 17 planes involved in a landmark deal with Iran. […] Earlier this year, Iran Air signed agreements to buy 118 planes from the European consortium Airbus, estimated to be worth some €22.8 billion ($25 billion). …
  • Polish retail tax comes under Brussels scrutiny

    09/20/2016 9:34:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EUbusiness.com ^ | 20 September 2016, 23:44 CET
    The EU Commission opened an in-depth probe into a Polish tax on the retail sector Tuesday, concerned that the progressive rates based on turnover give companies with low turnover an unfair advantage. The European Commission’s injunction requires Poland to suspend the application of the tax until the Commission has concluded its assessment. This follows a decision the Commission took in July this year on a progressive turnover-based tax on the retail sector in Hungary, which the Commission found to be in breach of EU state aid rules, because it granted a selective advantage to companies with low turnover over their...
  • Russian MP: ‘We will buy Bulgaria, we already bought half of the coast’

    09/20/2016 9:28:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Sep 20, 2016 | Georgi Gotev
    A statement by a Russian parliamentarian has sent shockwaves through Bulgaria, as the country begins to realize that the many Russians who bought real estate in the country may sooner or later become a powerful political force. The MP, who is from Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, was asked on Bulgarian television if his country would pursue a benevolent policy towards Bulgaria, if his party won the Sunday elections (18 September). In fact, United Russia won with more than 50% of the votes. “Of course,” Piotr Tolstoy answered, adding: “We will just buy out the entire [Bulgaria]. Half of its...
  • One in five Germans now has immigrant background

    09/20/2016 6:55:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Sep 2016 13:06 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A new microcensus shows that more than one-fifth of all Germans have some sort of “immigrant background” — a record high for the Bundesrepublik. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reported on Friday that 17.1 million people out of a population of 81.4 million last year had some kind of immigration background. This included people who had immigrated to Germany themselves, people with at least one parent who wasn’t a German national, and ethnic Germans or their children who had re-settled in Germany. Destatis said that this was a record level for Germany with an increase of 4.4 percent over 2014....
  • High and middle earners paying more tax than before crash [Ireland]

    09/20/2016 6:20:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 09/20/2016 | Eoin Burke-Kennedy
    Middle and higher-income earners still pay more tax than they did seven years ago despite moves to unwind the various austerity measures imposed during the crash, according to the Irish Tax Institute (ITI). In a pre-budget report, the institute said that while the personal tax burden had come down in recent budgets, many Irish workers were paying effective rates that were significantly higher than their equivalents in other countries. Its principal criticism of the current code is that workers here begin paying higher rates of tax too early and that the burden increases too sharply as income levels rise, effectively...
  • One in four French Muslims 'in revolt' against secular laws

    09/19/2016 8:44:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 18 Sep 2016 15:49 GMT+02:00
    Around one in four French Muslims, mostly young people, support an ultra-conservative form of Islam, including the wearing of the full-face veil, but the vast majority accept France’s strict secular laws, a study showed Sunday. The Ifop survey carried out for a major study of French Muslims by Institut Montaigne, a liberal think-tank, showed that the vast majority of people who identify as Muslim accept curbs on religion in public. But 60 percent considered girls should nonetheless be allowed to wear the headscarf in school, 12 years after it and other religious symbols were banished from the classroom, the survey...
  • Court to rule on same-sex marriage in conservative Romania

    09/19/2016 4:12:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2016 6:56 AM EDT
    A same-sex couple has asked Romania’s Constitutional Court to legally recognize them as married, which would be a landmark and surprising ruling. Commentators predict the court will reject their case this week. […] U.S. graphic designer Claibourn Robert Hamilton and Romanian rights activist Adrian Coman are seeking to be recognized as married — a position opposed by the influential Romanian Orthodox Church and most of the public. …
  • EU tax haven list could name US

    09/17/2016 10:43:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16. Sep. 2016, 08:04 | Aleksandra Eriksson
    The European Commission has taken a step towards establishing a common EU list of tax havens, but critics fear that EU capitals may hijack the show and delete allied nations from the record. The EU executive on Thursday (15 September) presented a method for verifying which countries outside the bloc qualify as tax havens (the commission says tax evasion problems inside the EU are dealt with under other, binding legislation). […] The US state of Delaware is a well-known “onshore” tax paradise. The EU, however, is basing its analysis of the US as a whole, meaning it could avoid being...
  • UK to veto EU 'defense union'

    09/17/2016 10:37:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17. Sep. 2016, 13:23 | Andrew Rettman
    British defense minister Michael Fallon has said the UK would veto the creation of EU military capabilities so long as it remained a member of the bloc. Reacting to EU ideas on closer defense cooperation, discussed at the Bratislava summit on Friday (16 September), he told The Times, a British newspaper: “That is not going to happen.” […] Proposals for what Germany has called an EU “defense union” included the creation of an EU military HQ, with medical aid and logistics capabilities, that would command EU crisis missions. […] The proposals, endorsed by France and Germany and by the European...
  • Belgium euthanizes 'terminally ill child'

    09/17/2016 7:32:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.17.2016 | jar/sms (Reuters, AFP)
    A child suffering a fatal illness has become the first minor to be euthanized since age restrictions on mercy killings were lifted in the country. Mercy killings have become increasingly common in Benelux countries. The head of Belgium’s federal euthanasia commission gave no details of the child beyond saying the patient was an exceptional case of a young person with a terminal illness, the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper reported. […] Any request for euthanasia must be made by the child, approved by a panel of physicians, an independent psychiatrist or psychologist and have parental consent. But the case files — which...
  • EU leaders look at 6 months for rebuilding EU dream

    09/16/2016 5:24:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2016 4:54 PM EDT | George Jahn and Raf Casert
    With policy splits among European Union countries putting their bloc under existential threat, national leaders agreed Friday on a six-month time table to come up with solutions for the multiple crises hobbling their union. But they delivered few concrete commitments on ways to bridge the deep differences. While not on the agenda, Britain’s decision to leave the EU hung over the meeting, reinforced by the absence of British Prime Minister Theresa May. But the 27 leaders attending talks in the Slovak capital had plenty of other divisive issues to discuss: Migration, a common European defense policy, worrying unemployment and the...
  • Sweden to launch new national equality authority

    09/15/2016 9:29:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 15 Sep 2016 16:51 GMT+02:00 | TT (Tidningarnas Telegrambyrĺ)/The Local
    Sweden is set to launch a new government agency dedicated to achieving a gender equal society. Information about the agency will be released before the government’s budget proposal next week. The need to create a central gender equality authority was a key conclusion made by a study set up by the previous center-right Alliance government, which was delivered last autumn. Unequal pay, sexual harassment and violence against women were all cited as signs that the country is still a long way from being gender equal. “We are still in the midst of inequality because we don’t have a national grip...
  • Juncker rallies support for EU in State of Union address

    09/14/2016 5:09:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.14.2016 | nm/kms (Reuters, AFP)
    Jean-Claude Juncker has used his State of the Union speech to attack populism and urge unity within the EU. He also outlined an agenda for the future of the bloc for the first time since the UK Brexit referendum. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sought to reassure EU leaders on Wednesday that the bloc was not about to break up, despite uncertainty triggered by Britain’s vote to leave. […] “The European Union doesn’t have enough union,” Juncker told lawmakers. “Far too often, national interests are brought to the fore…there are splits out there and often fragmentation exists where we need...
  • EU 'war' looms as German leader tries to cling to power [Parliament's Martin Schulz]

    09/13/2016 8:32:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Sep 2016 16:24 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Moves to let European Parliament head Martin Schulz extend his tenure are sparking fresh infighting in the crisis-hit EU, with his opponents warning it would be akin to a declaration of war. The bearded 60-year-old German former bookshop owner has been in office for five years, more than anyone else since the parliament held its first international elections in 1979. Schulz now looks set to seek another two and a half years at the helm of the EU’s only elected body, a position whose profile he has raised with outspoken views on issues ranging from Brexit to Grexit. But Schulz...
  • My loyalty will be to the EU, candidate for UK’s last Commissioner tells MEPs

    09/12/2016 9:43:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Sep 12, 2016 | James Crisp
    Sir Julian King, the man likely to be the United Kingdom’s final European Commissioner, insisted tonight (12 September) that if MEPs confirmed him in the post, his loyalty would be to the European Union rather than Great Britain. King was put forward as the EU’s new anti-terror boss by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker after the resignation of Commissioner Jonathan Hill in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the EU. A European Parliament vote will be held on Thursday over whether to back him. The Security Union portfolio was created by Juncker after brutal terror attacks in France and Belgium...
  • Workers will lose jobs in green revolution, admits EU’s energy boss

    09/12/2016 9:39:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 09/13/2016 | James Crisp
    Workers will lose their jobs as Europe shifts to a green economy, European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič has admitted, amid warnings the world faces political and economic turmoil not witnessed since the 1930s. Šefčovič made an impassioned plea for national governments to make sure that no one was thrown on the scrapheap of the green revolution. But, he added, “climate change is here and it poses an imminent danger.” “We should not create obstacles by not taking good care of people who may be intimidated by this transformation,” he said before calling for social programs such as retraining those made...
  • Concern in Germany: 'Hundreds of terrorists in our midst'

    09/11/2016 4:04:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    INN ^ | 09/11/2016 09:03 | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    … Interior Minister of Germany Thomas de Maizičre told the Bild newspaper in an interview that German security services know 520 potential terrorists and another 360 people who are designated as “known to the police” due to their ties with terrorists and similar dangerous extremist elements. …
  • French politicians mull ripping up EU budget rules

    09/11/2016 7:11:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 11 Sep 2016 09:04 GMT+02:00
    Nobody yet knows the winner of France’s presidential election next year, but the smart money is on one loser: The three-percent cap on government deficits enshrined in eurozone rules. A bedrock of euro stability for some, the requirement to keep government deficits to below three percent of gross domestic product (GDP) is seen by many as an insufferable strait-jacket on governments wanting to spend their way out of economic sluggishness. Many French politicians, on the left and right, wonder aloud whether France should start ignoring the EU Commission and three-percent defenders, including powerhouse Germany, and break free. “The European left,...
  • France and Germany to beef up EU defense

    09/10/2016 8:59:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 Sep 2016 08:42 GMT+02:00
    France and Germany are preparing joint proposals for a “more active and more useful” European defense policy, the French defense ministry told AFP on Friday. […] The Franco-German document proposes the establishment of a European defense headquarters, a common satellite surveillance system and the sharing of logistics and military medical resources, according to the Saturday edition of the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. There would be a tighter circle of EU members for some defense projects where it proves impossible to gain agreement from all, the paper added, citing the document. …
  • Put more women on your boards or be fined, firms told [Sweden]

    09/09/2016 6:30:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 09 Sep 2016 17:00 GMT+02:00
    Swedish companies will face penalties if they fail to have a 40 percent female representation on their boards of directors, according to a new legislative proposal put forward by the government. If agreed to by parliament, the law will come into force next year. From 2019 firms will be fined between 250,000 kronor and five million kronor ($29,400-$590,000) if fewer than 40 percent of their board directors are women. The rules will apply to 280 listed firms and around 50 state-owned companies. “You can’t keep talking about this year on year without actually delivering,” said Enterprise and Innovation Minister Mikael...
  • Poll shows far-right AfD could win 15 percent in Berlin vote

    09/09/2016 5:50:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 09 Sep 2016 10:28 GMT+02:00
    Traditional parties are starting to get nervous about the upcoming Berlin state parliament election as the upstart far-right AfD party has been gaining support. A poll by broadcaster ARD and research group Infratest dimap released on Thursday evening showed that the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) could gain 15 percent of the vote in the upcoming Berlin state parliament elections set for September 18th. The AfD’s support in Berlin has been hovering around 15 percent in the Infratest dimap polls since April. The current reigning Social Democrats (SPD) got just 21 percent in the poll, followed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s...
  • Judge says EU-Canada air passenger deal infringes on rights

    09/08/2016 10:42:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 8, 2016 7:31 AM EDT
    A European Union judge says an EU agreement to exchange air passenger information with Canada to combat terrorism should be revised because parts of it would infringe on people’s rights. Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi said in a legal opinion published Thursday that the deal signed in 2014 should not enter force in its current form. […] Under it, Canadian authorities would have access to the data of European travelers like contact details, credit card and other personal information. …
  • European Central Bank: Governments must do more for economy

    09/08/2016 10:33:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 8, 2016 11:11 AM EDT | David McHugh
    The European Central Bank left its stimulus measures on hold Thursday and warned governments in the 19 country euro currency union that they need to do more to help the economy grow and push up inflation to healthier levels. The bank kept its key interest rates unchanged and decided against extending the duration of its existing bond-buying stimulus program. Bank President Mario Draghi seemed relatively confident about the economy and less inclined to hint at more stimulus than some analysts had expected. Instead, he used his news conference to urge governments to do their part. He said that implementation of...
  • EU's Tusk tells UK's May: Start Brexit talks soon

    09/08/2016 8:19:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 8, 2016 6:24 AM EDT
    European Union leader Donald Tusk urged Britain on Thursday to hurry up and get on with finalizing its divorce from the bloc. Tusk, president of the EU’s governing Council, met Prime Minister Theresa May in London for talks about the fallout from Britain’s June 23 vote to leave the EU. Ahead of the meeting, Tusk told May that “the ball is now in your court” to start negotiations. He said the process should begin as soon as possible. …
  • Germany to UK: don't enter trade talks before Brexit

    09/07/2016 10:56:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 07 Sep 2016 15:28 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Germany on Wednesday warned Britain against negotiating free trade deals with non-EU member states before it quits the bloc, after Prime Minister Theresa May sought to drum up commerce agreements during a G20 summit in China. “As spokesman of the German government, I am not going to judge who the British prime minister holds talks with,” Steffen Seibert told journalists in Berlin. But he stressed that “it is clear that an EU member state cannot hold bilateral talks on free trade deals with non-EU states as long as it remains a member of the EU”. …
  • German Military, Police to Team Up Amid Fears of ISIS Attack

    09/07/2016 10:35:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | Sep 7 2016, 5:45 AM ET | Andy Eckart
    Germany is preparing to train troops to be deployed within its borders for the first time since World War II amid fears of terrorist attacks. The country’s armed forces will hold joint drills with police early next year, officials confirmed. […] Plans to involve soldiers in counterterrorism operations — and the suggestion troops could also be used to beef up security in public places — have proved controversial in a country only seven decades removed from totalitarian rule that’s still grappling with guilt from the Nazi era. A 2012 constitutional court ruling paved the way for the deployment of the...
  • Sarkozy promises to move Calais ‘Jungle’ across the Channel

    09/05/2016 11:30:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 09/05/2016 | 08:04 | By Aline Robert | EurActiv.fr | Translated By Samuel White
    Nicolas Sarkozy, the Republican frontrunner for the 2017 French presidential election, told la Voix du Nord that he wants to create a “hotspot” in the UK for migrants hoping to cross the channel. EurActiv France reports. “As most foreigners come to Calais to try and reach Great Britain, I want our British friends to start dealing with requests for asylum in the UK in a closed center on their own territory, and to take responsibility for returning those whose requests are rejected,” he told the regional newspaper on Monday (5 September). The former French president suggested that “teams of French...
  • Eurozone economy 'losing momentum' as Germany falters

    09/05/2016 6:03:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 5, 2016 5:29 AM EDT | Pan Pylas
    The 19-country eurozone lost some economic momentum in August, largely because of a slowdown in Germany, a closely watched survey showed Monday, days ahead of another possible stimulus package from the European Central Bank. Financial information company IHS Markit said its purchasing managers’ index — a broad gauge of economic activity — for the eurozone fell to a 19-month low of 52.9 points in August from 53.2 the previous month. The fall was unexpected as the initial estimate for August was 53.3. In spite of the fall, the eurozone is still growing, albeit sluggishly as anything above 50 indicates expansion....
  • Germany's far-right AfD unseats Angela Merkel's party in key regional vote

    09/04/2016 9:44:30 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 26 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 4 SEPTEMBER 2016
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats fell to third place in a state election on Sunday behind the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, TV exit polls showed. In a stinging defeat for Merkel one year ahead of parliamentary elections, the upstart AfD won 21 percent of the vote in their first election in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state by campaigning hard against the chancellor's policies on refugees, according to an exit poll by the ARD TV network.
  • EU leaders call for action on Chinese steel

    09/03/2016 10:55:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 4, 2016 1:41 AM EDT
    European Union leaders have called for China to take action on its bloated steel industry and defended an order to Ireland to collect back taxes from Apple, highlighting the trade strains looming over a global economic summit. The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said Sunday that the Group of 20 meeting “must urgently find a solution” to excess steel production that Beijing’s trading partners blame for job losses. …
  • Marine Le Pen Promises EU Membership Referendum If Elected French President

    09/03/2016 11:02:35 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 12 replies
    France’s National Front (FN) leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said on Saturday she would hold a referendum on France's membership of the European Union if she won the 2017 elections. The French presidential elections are scheduled for spring 2017.
  • Hollande, Merkel urge ‘impulse’ for post-Brexit EU

    09/03/2016 6:50:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 03 Sep 2016 13:48 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    The leaders of EU heavyweights Germany and France on Friday called for a new push to invigorate the bloc after Britain’s shock Brexit vote. Twenty-seven EU leaders will meet without Britain in Slovakia on September 16 and France’s François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a joint statement that a “new impulse” was required. “With Brexit and the rise of populism and even questions on the very idea of Europe, a new impulse is needed for the European Union,” they said. “France and Germany will assume their responsibilities” to do this, they added. …
  • German spies 'systematically violating constitution'

    09/02/2016 8:11:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 02 Sep 2016 11:21 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The BND, Germany’s version of the CIA, has been accused of massive breaches of the constitution in a leaked report by the government’s representative for data protection. “The BND [Bundesnachrichtendienst] systematically lifted and used personal data without a legal basis to do so,” wrote Federal Data Protection Commissioner Andrea Voßhoff in a report seen by public broadcasters NDR and WDR. Voßhoff is responsible for ensuring that government agencies do not infringe on German citizens’ legal rights when using their personal data. …
  • Merkel won't give up on 'dead' US trade deal

    09/01/2016 9:16:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 01 Sep 2016 17:00 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday stressed her continued support for an EU-US trade agreement being negotiated but recently declared dead by her deputy and by a French minister. “It is in our interest not to fall behind other world regions, such as the Asian region which has concluded such an agreement with the United States,” the conservative leader told public broadcaster NDR. “I believe that such an agreement would mean job opportunities for us, and we urgently need jobs in Europe.” …
  • British manufacturing rebounds from post-Brexit plunge

    09/01/2016 9:29:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2016 7:13 AM EDT | Carlo Piovano
    Manufacturing in Britain rebounded in August from a slump in the immediate aftermath of the shock vote to leave the European Union, an indication that the economy may be weathering the uncertainty better than expected. A measure of business activity in manufacturing, the purchasing managers’ index, jumped to 53.3 points from 48.8 in July. The index is on a 100-point scale, with figures above 50 representing growth. The survey found that a plunge in the pound had helped companies selling abroad. Also, business was resuming after being frozen in July amid the initial surprise over the vote and political chaos...
  • Polish president: No return to imperial ambitions in Europe

    09/01/2016 7:52:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2016 8:17 AM EDT
    Poland’s president has warned that Europe must learn lessons from World War II and must not tolerate any return to imperialist land grabs, an apparent reference to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s region of Crimea.Andrzej Duda was speaking Thursday at a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the start of World War II. […] “We cannot allow imperial ambitions and actions to return to Europe. … We cannot shut our eyes when international laws are violated … or when borders in Europe are moved by force,” Duda said. …
  • Record 125k people file suit against Canada trade deal (CETA; German plaintiffs)

    08/31/2016 4:04:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 31 Aug 2016 15:27 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    More than 125,000 Germans have filed the largest citizen lawsuit in German history against the controversial proposed CETA trade deal between Canada and the EU. The lawsuit’s power of attorney letters filled some 70 boxes and were brought by truck on Wednesday to Germany’s top court located in Karlsruhe, the Constitutional Court. The proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) would eliminate about 98 percent of the tariffs between the EU and Canada, but it has been condemned by opponents who say it will too greatly expand the power of corporations and may lower certain EU standards for things like...